Crawford, David H.

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Birth

David H. Crawford was born in Westerlo, Albany County, NY in about 1835.[1] His parents were John Crawford (B. abt 1800, D. bet 1850-1860) and his wife Hannah (B. abt 1801, D. after 1870).[2][3][4] David was the eldest boy in a family of seven and he had three older sisters.

Occupation

Before he enlisted in the Civil War, David was a teacher.[1]

Life

In the 1850 US Census, David was recorded living in Westerlo, Albany County, NY with his family.[2] His father John was a farmer, who owned land. Living next door to them was the family of Wilkins Crawford Sr. (B. abt 1812, D. Jan 10, 1869). By 1860 it appears that his father was dead, and David was living with his mother Hannah and several of his siblings.[3] David was recorded as a day laborer, while his mother was recorded as a farmer and his younger brother John as a farm laborer.


Military Service

Name: David H. Crawford
Residence: Westerlo[5]
Enlistment Date: 11 Aug 1862[1] or 14th[5]
Enlistment Place: Westerlo, NY
Enlistment Rank: Private[1]
State Served: New York
Regiment: 7th Regiment NY Heavy Artillery[5][1]
Company: Company K[1]
Promotion Date: 27 Apr 1864[1]
Promotion Rank: Corporal[1]
Killed in Action on: 27 May 1864[1][5]
Place of Death: North Anna, VA[1][5]
Additional Remarks: Enlisted at the age of 27[6] "Was killed in Battle May 27 1864 at North Ann River"[7]

Born in Westerlo, Age 27, Teacher, Blue eyes, Brown hair, Light complexion, 5'11-1/2" tall.[8]

Sources Used: Annual Report of the Adjutant-General for the State of New York for the year of 1898; Keating, Robert, Carnival of Blood: The Civil War Ordeal of the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery, Published by Butternut and Blue, Baltimore, Md 1998

Death

David H. Crawford died on May 27, 1864 at North Anna, Va.[1][5] His death was unfortunate as he had made it through the battle and was killed at the end of the day when they were moving off the battle field. On that day, David had been one of three Color Guard Corporals, who were responsible for the national flags. He was wrapping up the flag to protect it as it was carried when he was shot in the head. At the time, Sgt Major Fred Lockley had stopped to help him and as David fell, Lockley grabbed the flag and took it to safety. David was buried on the battlefield.[1]

Additional Research Notes

Additional Media

Heroes of Albany County

“David H. Crawford, of Westerlo, enlisted in Company K, Seventh Regiment, August 14, 1862. He was killed in battle, at North Anna River, May 27, 1864.”

Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War

Was killed in Battle May 27 1864 at North Ann River



Sources

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Keating, Robert, Carnival of Blood: The Civil War Ordeal of the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery, Published by Butternut and Blue, Baltimore, Md 1998
  2. 2.0 2.1 1850 US Census, Westerlo, Albany Co, NY
  3. 3.0 3.1 1860 US Census, Westerlo, Albany Co, NY
  4. 1870 US Census, Westerlo, Albany Co, NY
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Clark, Rufus Wheelwright, "Heroes of Albany; A memorial of the Patriot-martyrs of the City and County", 1867
  6. Ancestry Military Databases
  7. Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War
  8. NY Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, Ancestry.com Military databases